Children in grades K-12 are served by the excellent schools of the fourth largest school district in the country and the largest school district in the state, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Currently, almost 400,000 students are enrolled throughout the district, which covers 197 elementary schools, 57 middle schools, 21 K-8 schools, 37 high schools, 53 charter schools, 23 vocational schools, five magnet schools, 18 alternative schools, and five special education centers for a grand total of 415 schools.
Students have access to a number of highly rated public and private colleges and universities in Miami-Dade County. One of the largest public universities in South Florida is Florida International University, a public research university that includes 23 colleges that offer more than 206 study programs and over 280 majors. Miami Dade College is the county’s other public four-year college and includes eight campuses, 21 outreach centers throughout the county, and is recognized as the largest secondary institution with over 161,000 students enrolled.
Private colleges and universities within driving distance from Three Lakes include the University of Miami, Barry University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Florida Memorial University, Johnson and Wales University, Talmudic University, Keiser University, Carlos Albizu University, and Miami International University of Art and Design.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents of Three Lakes have access to many cultural points of interests, shopping districts and malls, and a plethora of other attractions that will keep them busy for days on end. Miami-Dade County is home to many historical, arts, and science museums such as the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Downtown Miami, the Holocaust Memorial, Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Wings Over Miami Museum, Miami Art Museum, and the Miami Science Museum, among many others.
If you’re looking to take the kids out for a fun and educational adventure, the Miami MetroZoo is a popular place that’s a hit with kids and adults. Located in southwest Miami just west of Palmetto Bay, the MetroZoo houses over 1,200 wild animals on 740 acres of land and includes over 80 exhibits. Visitors will want to check out the African Elephant, Cuban Crocodiles, White Tigers, harpy eagles, jaguars and anacondas. Another popular attraction is the animal theme park Jungle Island (formerly Parrot Jungle). Not only does Jungle Island house a variety of parrots that fly freely throughout the park, this theme park is home to a few rare and exotic species such as Hercules the 900-pound liger and Hank the Crocosaurus, a 2,000 pound Crocodile.
If you feel like monkeying around, then head on over to Monkey Jungle, a wildlife park that is home to about 400 primates of 30 different species. This park also includes an Amazonian rainforest. Tired of being a landlubber? The Miami Seaquarium has just the thing for you! Located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay, the Miami Seaquarium is the longest operating oceanarium in the country and features a number of exhibits that include various species of fish, sharks, sea turtles, manatees, reptiles and birds. One of the most popular attractions at the Seaquarium is Lolita (Tokitae) the Killer Whale; Lolita is housed in the Whale and Dolphin Stadium and performs up to two times daily.
Residents and visitors flock to the beaches of Miami regularly to sunbathe, socialize, and be seen by celebrities and socialites alike. South Beach is one such beach and has been a major tourist destination for decades because of its hundreds of boutiques, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels. But before you embark on a night of socializing, take care of some retail therapy and head to Dolphin Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, Downtown Miami, Aventura Mall, and The Shops at Mary Brickell Village.
Parks & Recreation
As a community unto itself, residents enjoy lounging by the lakes of Three Lakes. Parks with play structures abound, swimming is a popular pastime, and boating around the lake, feeding the ducks, and picnicking are a few other relaxing activities that residents take part in. If you’re looking to stay physically active, Three Lakes also has a state of the art fitness center and community tennis courts that will keep you motivated to stay in shape.
The community of Three Lakes is within proximity to a few parks that allow residents to spend the day outside, whether they’re picnicking, observing wildlife, jogging, or just lazing the day away. The Nixon Smiley Reserve and Deerwood Park are two such parks, and residents can also venture out and take advantage of the amenities that nearby Richmond Park and Pine Shore Park provide.
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